10 June 2010

On The Workbench - Loot from Japan

Recently I moved my 'workbench' to it's winter quarters. While it's great to have a den down in the shed to wargame in, it does take a little motivation to trudge down the garden path on a cold Tasmanian winter's night just to paint a few miniatures. So not surprisingly I moved into the study, where it is altogether warmer and generally a much nicer to paint miniatures and make model kits, model kits like these .....

While Beth and I were busying enjoying the sights and sounds of Sendai during our trip to Japan we found a model shop that had on it's shelves four boxes containing small model spaceships from the Space Battleship Yamato anime series and movies (also known as 'Star Blazers' outside of Japan). These sets originally released in 1979 and re-released in 2009 are a collection of five individual kits and a panorama which when assembled depicts a scene from the series. Obviously as a wargamer I have other plans, while not all to scale with each other these models once assembled, painted and based will look great cruising across my tabletop during games of Full Thrust.

The other kit is a 1/72nd scale seaplane from Hayao Miyazaki's
film 'Porco Rosso'. This kit is Beth's and while she wanted it I got to put it together and I can't take any credit for how it looks. It came in box almost completely assembled and completely painted and was extremely easy to assemble, but it was just the thing I needed to pass the time while the glue dried on my kits.

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